have a number of nit-picks regarding the Stargate SG-1
First of all, can you please explain why Teal'c does something
that strikes me as a little odd? He is stalking a rogue Jaffa,
Volnek, who has gone a bit loony! Volnek has a cloaking device
that hides him from sight. However, Teal'c also has a cloaking
device, and the beauty is that cloaked people can also see
anyone else who is cloaked. As Teal'c is hunting a man who
is cloaked, why does he wait until he sees a sign (a broken
tree branch) that Volnek has passed nearby before activating
his own cloak? Wouldn't it make his life easier if he had
it switched on while he searches for the man?
Also in this episode (and I may have missed something here),
if Carter and Mitchell are out of phase and can't touch anything
in our reality, how come they are able to tap two of the keys
on Merlin's computer to answer "yes" and "no" to questions?
How are Mitchell and Carter able to breathe, cast shadows
and walk on the floor without falling through it?
Finally, can you explain why Mitchell can be heard and seen
by the cloaked Teal'c, but he can't touch him? Are they in
the same dimension or not?
Maybe the cloaking device only works for a limited period
of time and Teal'c doesn't want it running out of power when
he needs it most. Alternatively, he could be testing his own
abilities as a hunter, therefore he activates his cloak only
when he knows that he is already close to his quarry. This
may or may not be connected with Jaffa codes of honour in
Do pay attention! It is clearly explained that the keyboard
is designed to be operated in either dimension.
This question also applies to a very similar episode of Star
Trek: The Next Generation entitled The
Next Phase. I theorise that the sheer mass,
permanence and/or fixedness of certain objects in "our" dimension,
such as planets and buildings (and starships in The Next
Phase), achieve a level of existence in the neighbouring
dimension. This is how Carter and Mitchell are able to walk
though the base or on the surface of a planet. Smaller, less
permanent, less fixed objects, such as movable items of furniture
and living organisms - including trees, which grow - do not
achieve existence in that other dimension. It makes sense
that atmospheres would surround planets in the alternate dimension
just as they do in our own reality, and so the characters
are able to breathe. Light also must exist in the other dimension,
otherwise Carter and Mitchell wouldn't be able to see. Either
light is able to pass between dimensions or it is produced
by "permanent", fixed objects, such as light fittings and
suns. This is why light falls on Carter and Mitchell and why
they cast shadows.
The cloaking technology is not exactly the same as the phasing
technology, though both are products of Ancient science. Although
the cloak enables Teal'c to see and hear Mitchell in the other
dimension, and vice versa, Teal'c doesn't fully enter that
other dimension. He retains a physical presence in "our" reality.
If the cloaking technology pushed the user fully into the
other dimension, Volnek wouldn't have been able to harm anyone
- or break any tree branches - while cloaked. This is explained
further in the DVD release's audio commentary, in which writer
Alan McCullough tells us that Teal'c is actually halfway between
our dimension and Mitchell's.